It has become a diversified city with minorities from all over the world, mainly from Ecuador, Morocco, Rumania, Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
The official web site www.munimadrid.es comes in Spanish and English. It covers all kind of information, including history, theatres, shows, museums, art exhibitions, fairs, congresses, sports, accommodation, gastronomy, shopping, culture, transport, night life, business, a city guide etc., plus weather, pollution, and traffic information.
OUTSTANDING SITES WORTH VISITING
MUSEO DEL PRADO/ PRADO MUSEUM
Paseo del Prado.
Phone: 00 34 91 420 37 68
(Subway Station: Banco de España or Atocha)
It is one of the finest Art Galleries of the World. It holds the most important paintings from the 12th to the 19th centuries (Masterpieces by Velázquez, Goya, El Greco...) Italian, Flemish, Dutch, English and Spanish, and French.
MADRID DE LOS AUSTRIAS ( MADRID UNDER THE HABSBURGS)
(Subway Stations: Latina, Opera and Plaza de España)
The Madrid of the House of Austria.(Habsbourgs)
The Plaza Mayor is the starting point for a tour of one of the city’s oldest and most peculiar districts (Plaza de la Villa/ Palace of Santa Cruz...).
The Plaza Mayor was the main commercial nucleus of Medieval Madrid. Although, of course, not any more, the Plaza Mayor used to hold public ceremonies such as bullfights, executions, etc.
PALACIO REAL (ROYAL PALACE)
C/ Bailén. Closed during Official Receptions.
Phone: 00 34 91 542 00 59
(Subway Station: Opera and Plaza de España)
The Royal Palace was placed on the ancient Muslim Alcazar in 1764. It contains an extraordinary collection of clocks. Within the Palace, there are several museums such as: The Tapestry Museum, the Carriage Museum the Royal Pharmacy, the Royal Armoury, the Art, Porcelain and Glassware Museums, and so on.
M USEO NACIONAL CENTRO DE ARTE REINA SOFIA
C/ Santa Isabel, 52
Phone: 00 34 91 467 50 62
(Subway Station: Atocha)
Cultural and Artistic Centre for Contemporary and Vanguard Art. Its collection includes sculptures, engravings and paintings from Spain and all around the world. It includes the famous Guernika painting by Picasso.
Paseo del Prado, 8
Phone: 00 34 91 369 01 51
(Subway Station: Banco de España or Atocha)
T he Museum’s collection contains more than 800 pictures from the best masters of the 13th century to the present days. It is one of the biggest and most important private collections of ancient and modern paintings
BIBLIOTECA NACIONAL / NATIONAL LIBRARY
Paseo de Recoletos, 20
Phone: 00 34 91 580 78 00
(Subway Station: Colon)
Its collection contains nearly 3.500.000 volumes (books, newspapers, thesis and grey literature, manuscripts and incurables).
Although, the total figure of Museums in Madrid, national and municipal, total around 80, lets highlight other outstanding museums with artworks from the best old Spanish, Flemish, Italian, and other European masters. All located downtown and a must to visit:
MUSEO DE LAS DESCALZAS REALES
MUSEO DE LA REAL ACADEMIA DE SAN FERNANDO
MUSEO LÁZARO GALDIANO
MONASTERIO DE EL ESCORIAL
How to go: Trains from Atocha Station to El Escorial
Buses from Moncloa to El Escorial
Built in the mountains of Madrid by order of Felipe II, it is one of the most outstanding places to visit in the Madrid Province.
Royal Pantheon, the Kings of Spain are buried in its famous Herrera style monastery. As part of the Monastery, there is another Royal building: La Casita del Principe (16th-18th centuries)
It is the venue of the UCM Summer Courses
ALCALÁ DE HENARES
It is situated 30 kms from Madrid. Cervantes was born there, and his house is open to visitors. It was the embryo of our actual university, founded by the Cardenal Cisneros in 1499.
This city is famous for the Court buildings, the Royal Palace, and the gardens
I t is a small village situated southeast, 50 kms from Madrid. Famous for its gastronomy and its Main Square, which it shows the charm of the Medieval and Renaissance times.
Former summer residence of the Kings of Spain. There is a palace with famous gardens and fountains.
The city is a historical artistic monument itself. Well known are the Roman Aqueduct (816 meters long), the Romanic churches and its Gothic cathedral, as well as the outstanding castle Palacio del Alcazar.
It is the old Visigothic capital and Imperial City. Famous for its churches, jewellers, synagogues and cathedrals.
The Christian, Arab and Jewish cultures lived in harmony giving an example of perfect tolerance
2.- GENERAL USEFUL INFORMATION 2.1.- HOW TO REACH MADRID
Barajas web site: http://www.aena.es/ae/mad/infovuelos.htm
Carretera Barcelona N.II Km. 10,5
A irport information: telephones: 91 3058343/44/45/46
Once you arrive to the airport of Barajas, there are three options to go downtown:
Take the subway: Subway station “Barajas” Line 8 (Barajas-Nuevos Ministerios) Price: 1´00 € single ticket; 6´15 € 10 tickets pack.
Take the bus: the bus service costs 3 €. These buses run every 15-20 minutes from Barajas Airport to Colon Square
Phone: 00 34 91431 61 92
Hours: from 04:45 to 1:30
Take a taxi: The price is about 20 € (there are extra charges on bank holidays and weekdays after 12:00 p.m.)
Railway Information & Reservation
Phone: 34 91 328 90 20
RENFE web-side: www.renfe.es
Central Bus Station: Calle Méndez Álvaro.
Phone: 34 91 468 42 00
2.2.- GETTING AROUND MADRID
Time: from 6.00 to 23:30/24.00 (depending on the lines)
Most bus stops have detailed city maps posted with bus routes.
There is a reduced bus night service reaching most areas and quarters (called “Buhos) every 20 minutes (until to 6:00 am)
Service from 6.00 to 1.30 am
(METRO web-side: http://www.metromadrid.es)
Information on all regional public transports: www.ctm-madrid.es
2 .3.- CURRENCY MATTERS AND COST OF LIVING
The monetary unit is the EURO.
Banking hours: from 8:00 am to 14:00 pm / Monday through Friday. (Some
banks open on Saturday in the morning or Thursdays afternoon.)
Living expenses (i.e. rent, heating, electricity, food, daily fares) a single
student is likely to need 700 € per month.
Newspaper.............................. 1´00 €
Restaurant at Campus............. 5´10 €
Movie Ticket............................ 6´00 €.
A nnual average temperature is about 13º C (55ºF).
Spring and autumn have an average temperature of 18-20º C.
Winters and summers are more extreme, with average temperatures of 0ºC and 28º C respectively.
2.5.- SHOPPING HOURS
Big department stores open daily from 10.00 to 21.00 including Saturdays.
Drugstores (shop & restaurants) either close at 3.00 a.m. or not at all.
The rest of the shops open from 10:00 am to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00.
All the shops are open the first Sunday of each month.
It is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1499
It is, in terms of size and quality, just the University of Madrid.
It is one of the largest universities in the world
Go to http://www.ucm.es , although most information comes in Spanish, it could be very useful for the newcomer
4.000 foreign students
6.000 staff teachers
3,500 non academic staff (administration and services)
6 University Schools
The UCM is divided in two campuses, Moncloa and Somosaguas; most of the faculties are located in Moncloa, except the Faculties of Political and Social Science, Economics & Business, and Psychology, and also the Social Labour School, which are located in Somosaguas, northwest of Madrid.
Moncloa Campus Somosaguas Campus
4 .- ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS FACULTY
4.1.- General Information
It is located in the Campus of Somosaguas
How to reach Somosaguas Campus
- The best way to reach the Campus is by bus.
Line A from Moncloa
Line B from Aravaca (Railway Station)
Line H from Aluche
Line I from Moncloa Campus (Ciudad Universitaria Subway Station)
The Business and Economics School, from its founding, has served the commuter student. Its philosophy has always recognized the needs of students who live and work within the region. The Faculty has developed and strengthened services to meet the needs for flexibility and convenience of the commuter student.
The location and the role of the school (faculty) in the cultural, political, civic, social, and corporate communities provides opportunities for exploration and growth, and cultivates a spirit of independence, experimentation, and discovery that more traditional classroom instruction cannot provide.
The Somosaguas campus is made up of the following centres:
Central building which houses the departments of Administrative and Planning Services, computer and printing facilities, dean, vice-deans, assistants, auxiliary services, and personnel. It also houses the INTERNATIONAL STUDENT OFFICE
The “prefa”, which houses some departments, the cafeteria and food services, lounge, etc.
Six “pabellón” buildings which houses classrooms and department facilities.
“Aulario” houses classrooms, cafeteria, health services, and audio-visual and computer facilities.
Parking indoor (faculty/staff lots) and outdoor (students)
It is one of the most important Economics and Business libraries in Spain
(the second one after the Central Bank library)
Its collection contains about 115,000 books + 2100 Periodical and journals +700 Electronic Reviews. All these sources are mostly free-access.
Among services offered by the library, are: regular & inter-library loans, information and bibliographic searches, and so on.
For more information regarding the Economics and Business Faculty Library, please visit the web site: http://www.ucm.es/BUCM/cee/
The European Documentation Centre is placed within the premises, and it is part of the information centre network created by the European Union for all member States. This centre provides quick and easy access to European databases.
Web site: http://www.ucm.es/BUCM/be
The Central de Informática (Somosaguas Campus) provides e-mail accounts to every exchange student.
There are several Computer Areas, available for all students, free of charge
The students can enjoy all the sport facilities of the Complutense University.
The UCM sport centre organises different activities for class groups such: aerobic, swimming, and tennis. Fee for group class: 29 Euros (Quarterly payment)
For detail information please visit the following web-site: http://www.ucm.es/info/asocult/escueladeportivas.htm
4.3.- Medical Insurance
- There is a medical service at the Somosaguas Campus available for staff and students.
- The students from the EU are members of their National Social Security System. Before coming to Madrid, they must request from their home Social Security Office the documents stating that their Social Security System will assume the costs of medical attention carried out in Spain by the “Seguridad Social”. Thus, the students will be treated free of charge in Spain by the doctors and the “Seguridad Social” Hospital Network. Costs for dental treatments generally are not included in these arrangements.
- Students from other countries must have a private HEALTH INSURANCE
- Members of private Health Insurance Schemes must make sure that they will cover the bills for treatments in Spain (some insurance companies require payment in advance to be refunded in the origin country)
Centre for information and Orientation employment issues. There are offices in both campuses. The one held in Somosaguas Campus is located in the “Prefabricado” Building:
Phone: 00 34 91 394 24 45
There are 10 students´ associations at The Economics and Business Faculty. The foreign students can register in any of them, following their personal interest in culture, sports, etc. It is of special interest for foreign students:
The ESN (Erasmus Student Network). Besides their very important tutoring activity for newcomers, ESN plans through out the academic year events such as cultural trips, weekend excursions, parties, etc. Once you have got your definitive address in Madrid, you should let them know in order to be included in the mailing list.
The web site is: www.esnspain.org
AIESEC, the World largest student organisation, is placed on our campus at the “Prefabricado” Building:
Phone: 00 34 91 394 24 22
web site: http://www.aiesec.org
We strongly RECOMMEND you to take part in at least one or the students` organizations, but, at the very beginning, for a newcomer, perhaps the ESN is the best option and very useful
Thre is no on-campus housing at the Faculty, BUT, the University Complutense helps to provide for housing. The student must request it three months in advance.
Provided by the University: - Foreign students may find accommodation in shared flats (prices about 400-450 € per month). One or two months deposit is required
- You can find accommodation in families’ homes
- The Complutense University helps finding lodging.
- The housing application must be returned to the Programa de Viviendas as soon as possible but, in any case, at least three months prior to the student’s arrival.
- The internet procedure to find out about lodging is as follows:
- go to the web page www.ucm.es
- click “información práctica”
- click “alojamiento/accommodation”
- click step by step procedure link at the end of the paragraph
- roll down the document and you will find information regarding housing
For any question, please contact to our housing office at the following address:
PROGRAMA DE VIVIENDAS
Alojamiento de Estudiantes Extranjeros
Pabellón de Gobierno.
Isaac Peral s/n
Phones: 00 34 91 394 69 67
Fax:00 34 91 394 69 27
28040 Madrid – Spain e-mail: email@example.com Not provided by the University: If the student is interested in finding a place by him/herself, then the best way is to use google or another researcher, or to buy the newspapers: “Anuntis” or “Segundamano” and look for a room in a shared apartment with other students. Prices are around 400 € for a single room uptown Madrid and 450 € downtown Madrid.
If the student search a place by him/herself, then, we strongly recommend the student to book a room in a hostel (Around 30 € per night in the Moncloa area, close to Moncloa Campus) for the first nights.
Regular courses are taught in Spanish. Consequently, foreign students must have an adequate command of Spanish.
However, since 2005, the school has started to offer just for the second semester some courses in English. These are the following:
Basic Marketing Research
Multinational Financial Management
The UCM organises free of charge an Intensive Spanish Language Course, for all exchange students before the beginning of each semester.
Dates: September and February
For detailed information concerning these courses, please contact:
Erasmus Office. Facultad de Filología. UCM
Phone: 00 34 91 394 54 00
Fax: 0034 91 394 394 55 78
The UCM also offers a very wide variety of language courses for foreign students all year round (both 90 and 45 lecture hour courses). Detailed information can by obtained at:
CENTRO SUPERIOR DE IDIOMAS MODERNOS UCM
C/ Donoso Cortés, 63 Planta Baja
Phone: 00 34 91 394 64 45 / 65 21
Web site: http://www.ucm.es/info/idiomas
5.- Some academic information, policies, and programs This booklet is not to be considered a contract between the student and the faculty, and each student is personally responsible for his or her academic progress. All are urged to read this information.
- Some data (Academic year 2005-2006)
420 Staff Teachers
120 Non academic staff
Our Faculty covers three field studies.
Business (Administración y dirección de empresas / ADE)
Duration: 5 years
Economics (Economía General / ECO)
Duration: 5 years
(two cycles: three years for the first + two years for the specialization)
Actuarial program (Ciencias Actuariales y Financieras / CAF)
Duration: 2 years
(just for the second cycle)
1 Spanish Credit is equivalent to a 10 hours lecture
Total Courses offered: 395 annually + around 120 Doctoral Courses
5.2.- Academic Calendar:
The Academic year is divided into 2 Semesters:
- First Semester: From the first week of October to the end of January
Exams period: 3 weeks in February
- Second Semester: From the last week of February to the first week of June
Exams period: 3 weeks in June
5.3.- Teaching Methodology and Grading system
- All grades are awarded solely on the basis of the instructor judgement
of the students scholarly achievement.
- The teaching system includes theoretical and practical courses.
The number of students attending a course range from 50 to 100. Teachers promote the students´ active participation in class.
Students are required to take the final official test, although some teachers might add up additional homework and other assignments.
Qualifications are structure as follows:
THE LOCAL GRADING SYSTEM AND ITS INTERNATIONAL EQUIVALENCE
Most courses still follow the old credit and grading system. It ranges from MH (outstanding or excellent, rarely given) to SS (fail). On final lists, grades are normally rounded off. The grading system is listed in the table below.
Our school is in the process to adapt the ECTS system. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) is a student-centred system based on the student workload required to achieve the objectives of a programme, objectives preferably specified in terms of learning outcomes and competences to be acquired.
ECTS makes study programmes easy to read and compare for all students, local and foreign. ECTS facilitates mobility and academic recognition. ECTS helps universities to organise and revise their study programmes. ECTS can be used across a variety of programmes and modes of delivery. ECTS makes European higher education more attractive for students from other continents.
In cases where credits are transferred between European universities in student exchanges, ECTS grades can be used. It is good practice to add an ECTS grade, in particular in case of credit transfer
This Curriculum helps European ECTS students and other exchange international students to prepare their schedule at our institution.
The student should take into account that:
1 Spanish Credit = 1 ECTS
1 Spanish Credit = 10 lectures hours
Next to the “Cuatrimestre”, the student will find two numbers. The first one means the year-course, and the second one, the semester in which the course is offered. For example:
“Cuatrimestre 3-1” means that the course if offered in the 3rd year-First Semester.
ADVICE: we strongly recommend that, in order to obtain a brief description of the courses offered by the Economics and Business Faculty, please visit the following web-site:
http://www.ucm.es/info/cee/003.htm LADE 2000 for Business and LECO 2000 for Economics Studies)
Student Guide or GUIA DEL ESTUDIANTE (in Spanish)
This guide, written in Spanish, provides the student with a very useful tool to make the selection of courses. The student guide, published and updated every year, is distributed to all students, and it is available at every building or “pabellón”. It compiles the following information:
General information about rights and duties
All the courses offered by each program (ADE, ECO, CAF, ADE-DERECHO) semester, department in charge, number of credits, and code for each program
Official masters and doctorate programs, and other specific academic programs.
On line courses (virtual campus)
Listing with all the names, building addresses, phone numbers, and e-mails of all the teaching body and secretary staff by departments.
Listing with all the names, phone numbers, and e-mails of the medical, administrative, and service staff
Registration for exchange students is carry out in two parts:
The Home Universities must send us the names of selected students as soon as the have the information. Our deadlines are the following:
For students starting October (First Semester) the application forms must be submitted by 30th of June.
For students starting in February (Second Semester)
the applications forms must be submitted by 30th of November.
Once our office receives the list of selected students by the partner institution, our staff will confirm the acceptance of their students by mail, and provided your Coordinator or contact person in your Home University, the login and user name needed to pre-register in our institution, through our web site.
In the on-line registration, the student will be able to register, at the same time, to the Intensive Spanish language course, and to the Accommodation Office,
Once the application has been submitted on-line, a paper copy should be sent to the Vice-rectorate of International Relations (C/ Isaac Peral s/n, 28040 Madrid-Spain). The Vice-rectorate will distribute the application to the relevant Faculty.
THE APPLICATION FORM SHOULD NOT BE SENT STRAIGHT TO THE FACULTY¡
At the beginning of each semester, the students will receive an e-mail, where they will be informed about an information meeting. At the meeting the students will be provided with all the important information for the registration process in our Faculty.
Attendance at the meeting is COMPULSORY.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The students will be informed, during the meeting, about the registration deadline. If the students do not hand in the document before the deadline, the faculty will not consider her/his as an Erasmus student.
8.- FOREIGN STUDENTS ARRIVAL AT SOMOSAGUAS CAMPUS
ADMISSIONS AND REGISTRATION PROCESS
There will be welcoming tours for the new students at our Campus and premises. Each one will receive an Information Package, and we encourage the incoming student not hesitate to contact us for further details.
AT YOU ARRIVAL TO THE ERASMUS OFFICE THE STUDENT WILL RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:
Erasmus Office Registration Form
Official Academic Calendar
The Student Guide
The Student Identification Card (Erasmus Card)
STEPS TO CORRECTLY FILL IN THESE DOCUMENTS
Erasmus Office Registration Form
The students must include all their personal data both in GOOD WRITING and CAPITAL LETTERS.
The students´ @mail address and phone number while living in Madrid are VERY IMPORTANT
Two additional photos will be requested by the Erasmus Office.
The Erasmus student can select any course among the whole range of subjects offered by our school, except those students coming as “Free-movers”, who will not be allowed to attend first year courses.
The table must be filled in with the chosen courses, their codes, and the full name of the professors in charge of those courses. The professors´ signature will be required.
ADVICE: There are usually more than one professor teaching the same course at different schedules, and, therefore, students can select a specific professor and time that fulfil their needs….
…. BUT, there is a deadline settled by the Erasmus Office to select courses…
Finally we want to stress that in the web page of the University Complutense, you can find a lot of useful information. Just click in www.ucm.es and “información práctica” on the left-hand side of the screen. Unfortunately, most of the information is in Spanish, BUT… is it not about time to try to make a good use of that little Spanish you already know?